The dissertation is among the first (at a larger scale) scientific texts, which one must make early in his career. Basically, the same requirements apply that are used and imposed on other scientific publications (in fact, the dissertation includes practice for future releases as well ? Rule # 4). However, there are some special features, so the thesis could be compared to journal articles but it is one having almost epic proportions (but see later ? Rule # 2!), and, as one of the last texts in the course you are studying, must be written in English.
The communication of scientific facts is only one of the objectives of the thesis: it must mainly provide proof that the doctorate candidate has developed on his or her own the academic topic posed to him or her(albeit under the guidance of a tutor), and has worked it through successfully. In this case, the following rules will help.
A dissertation is – like any document – written for those who will read it. That is, in plain language, your dissertation is written for the experts – they are your target reader. A dissertation that is not tailored to the expectations of these reviewers does not impress its audience. From this basic rule actually follow all the other rules below:
(The Plan: Scope and “skeleton” of the paper)
Before you write the first sentence, you should have a clear idea of how these may vary in detail, and what its successors may be. Today, there are no more doctorate regulations, which help the reviewer , there are not strict requirements for a limit on the number of pages. If you know this limit (say, 80 pages), then you can already easily estimate the length of the 4 chapters: more than the half is to be the result of it all (e.g. 50 pages), then comes the description of the method, which must necessarily be accurate ( for more information: see below) and, depending on the complexity of the process, will maybe take 10 to 15 pages to be discussed.